Articles on "Transportation for Seniors"

Q&A with the Pro Baseball Player in Assisted Living
November 8, 2009 10:19 pm

Q&A with the Pro Baseball Player in Assisted Living

You might be getting tired of all my references to Josh Faiola(pictured here with the Cindy Griffiths-Novak and her family, the owners of The Belvedere Assisted Living) on this blog! I truly feel that there are so many valuable lessons to learn by reflecting on this story. I have had the good fortune of communicating with Josh after watching the ESPN broadcast on this unique host family. He clearly is an exceptional young man and serves an a fantastic role model for […]

October 28, 2009 2:55 pm

Video of the Minor League Baseball Player in Assisted Living

It was great to watch last night’s broadcast on ESPN of Josh Faiola, the minor league pitcher that found himself suddenly living in an assisted living residence instead of a traditional “host family” residence. It was great to see and hear Josh, Cindy and the residents of the community that I have been such a raving fan of! I have been in communication with Josh and Cindy Griffiths-Novak the owner of The Belvedere of Westlake. I wanted to see the video before I […]

ESPN to feature the Minor League Pitcher in Assisted Living this week
October 25, 2009 11:17 pm

ESPN to feature the Minor League Pitcher in Assisted Living this week

I have probably referenced the story of Josh Faiola on this blog more than anything else. It’s well deserved because it clearly illustrates the benefits to breaking the age barrier in senior living communities to provide residents with purpose and provide all of us with the benefits of an ageless home. Here is a link to one of my previous posts Here is some copy from the ESPN announcement E-60 news program on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. […]

June 24, 2009 10:32 am

Just Like the Help of a Family: Elder Care Company Assists with Errands

Marge is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia. Her career began as a journalist writing for Virginia Teacher’s monthly magazine over 70 years ago and continued into the early years of her marriage. After her husband became a diplomat, Marge led the fascinating life of a Foreign Service Officer’s wife in Austria, Finland and Germany. For over 16 years, her family lived abroad, and she enjoyed traveling and sharing in the cultures of various countries. Her memories of those years […]

This is the way to valet!
May 27, 2009 12:35 pm

This is the way to valet!

I have referenced the Draisin bikes several times on this blog. However until last week I had never actually ridden the bikes. At last weeks ProAging meeting I had the opportunity to help valet many senior-serving professionals from the parking lot to the event thanks to John Bruno at Bikes at Vienna. It was fantastic experience! We were able to provide rides and demos to professionals and residents and everyone loved the bikes. It was great to see all the […]

The benefits of “walkable” communities
April 6, 2009 5:29 pm

The benefits of “walkable” communities

I think the catalyst for most of the residents to make the move to a senior living community was losing their ability to drive. It made me realize that if I lived somewhere where I didnt need to drive, then losing that ability wouldnt effect my lifestyle one bit! (Proximity in the 8 P’s) I recently stumbled on a great website, Walk Score  that enables you to determine how “walkable” any address or neighborhood is. How did your current home do? […]

March 29, 2009 5:09 pm

A platform for discussion

I have made several presentations to groups on my project recently. Last week I presented the project to a group of about 170 social workers, senior-serving and health care professionals at the annual Social Work Luncheon held at Vinson Hall in Mclean, VA. My presentation was taped and edited into 3 digestable segments. Segment 1 – Introduction, Inspiration, Everyone Is Aging, The 7 P’s, Perspective, Possessions   Segment 2 – Pricing, Proximity, Purpose, People, Positive Attitude   Segment 3 – The […]

Cycling can be great transportation and exercise for everyone
March 2, 2009 8:43 pm

Cycling can be great transportation and exercise for everyone

Vic made a great comment on my last post related to transportation. He relates to life in Switzerland where his grandmother lived, he says: “Public transportation and bikes, yes bikes even for older people, and lots of walking, is really a preferred method of transportation.” This a great opportunity to give a plug for an innovative German made bike manufacturer, Draisin. Take a look at these bikes, they could enable a caregiver and a person with or without mobility issues […]

Thoughts and questions about transportation
March 1, 2009 12:27 pm

Thoughts and questions about transportation

Many of us require an automobile to get to those people, things and activities that provide our lives with “purpose”. This is especially true if you live in the suburbs. Over the years I have observed the tremendous emotional and life challenges that individuals face when they loose the ability to drive. For many of my fellow residents, this was a catalyst to move to a retirement community. I decided not to take my car to the community during my stay. I […]

September 15, 2008 12:00 am

Finding a Reliable Transportation Service

For some individuals, running errands and making doctor’s appointments takes a great deal more than sliding behind the driver’s seat. As Dan Gallagher and his wife learned, finding reliable transportation can be challenging. The couple, married for 39 years, has a son and three grandchildren. While Dan worked as a database programmer for the National Association of Letter Carriers, his wife was a word processor. In their free time, they enjoy playing board games and collecting pelican memorabilia. A few […]